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Ontario marijuana stores could be open for business by spring

ONTARIO – Residents in Ontario could expect to buy recreational marijuana from local stores in two months.

That’s if all the stars lined up, said Dan Cummings, Ontario community development manager.

Cummings began accepting conditional use permit applications from marijuana entrepreneurs Wednesday, Jan. 2.

This came after the land grab triggered when Ontario voters approved to repeal the local ban on the retail sale of marijuana products.

Those who want to run a marijuana business face a gantlet of regulations, including city zoning and other conditions, building codes, state licensing, and finally a city business license. They also face requirements for a $7,500 bond before they can open their doors.

According to Cummings, there are 16 sites in Ontario that meet zoning and other city restrictions to operate as marijuana stores. 

He said . . .